Thursday, September 23, 2010

This explains a lot about our churches ...

“The difference between the Korean ‘war’ generation and the Iraq ‘war’ generation is that the former was an educated public but they also had a tragic sense. They came out of the depression.  They knew that when they ate meat it came from a cow and it was a bloody mess to get them that. They knew that when they flushed a toilet it went somewhere. They knew all of these terrible things about life – that it was nasty, brutish, solitary, and short sometimes. They did not have 500 channels. They did not have cell phones. They were much more tolerant of human error. It’s true of civilization in general, the more affluent and leisured a civilization is, the harder it is for them to make sacrifices.”

- Victor Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power and Between War and Peace: Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq